airport security

It's Shockingly Easy To Hide Guns And Bombs From Backscatter Scanners

The TSA’s full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They’re a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials, for one. They’re also insanely easy to trick. We’ve suspected as much for some time now, but a team of university researchers just confirmed some scary security flaws.


The TSA Is On The Lookout For Electronics That Won't Turn On

The US Transportation Security Administration has a new target: mobile phones and other electronics that won’t power up. At certain airports, if your device won’t turn on, it — and maybe you — won’t get on that plane.


A Super-Sensitive Bomb-Sniffing Chip Could Be The Future Of Security

When luggage makes its merry way through the airport, bomb-sniffing scanners have to check it out for explosives. Now, scientists in Israel say they have developed a small electronic chip that could be a million times more sensitive than our bulky scanners.


A Removable Belt Buckle That Makes Airport Security A Breeze

If you’re tired of almost having to completely undress as you’re herded like cattle through airport security, there’s an entire subset of the clothing industry designed to make that ordeal a little more bearable. Like Hummus Apparel’s new line of belts featuring a buckle that can be easily slipped off and dropped in a bin, instead of having to remove your entire belt.


Your Body Odour Could Help Make Airport Security A Breeze

Forget retina scans and fingerprints. Turns out, body odour is a shockingly accurate biometric identifier. According to new research from a team of Spanish scientists, it could change the way security checkpoints work.


This TSA Redesign Could Change The Way You Think About Airport Security

The TSA needs help — bad. The agency and its blue-shirted officers have never been the most popular kids on the block, but things got worse last week when a former employee told all in a Politico article. But don’t worry, TSA. The designers are here to save you.


The Crazy Things The TSA Found In 2012: Chainsaws, Cannonballs, Mace And More

A week in the life of the TSA is already ridiculously productive. What about seven months? The TSA published a 2012 year to date report to reveal what the apocalypse year has brought through airport security and it’s a doozy of bizarre weapons. Things like guns and bombs aren’t enough anymore, the TSA finds grenade launchers, venomous snakes, gassed up chainsaws and more.


Australian Airports To Get Compulsory Body Scans

In a $28 million security upgrade, new “no scan, no fly” laws are expected to be proposed this week for Aussie international airports — removing the option to request a pat down instead. After trials last year, full body scanners (from the same company used in US checkpoints) will roll out in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast and Cairns. Here’s what they look like.


TSA Could Skip Independent Backscatter Tests

Backscatter X-ray machines may or may not be carcinogenic. The European Union isn’t taking any chances, but the TSA is so confident in their safety that it likely won’t conduct the additional tests it promised the US Senate.


EU Bans Airport X-Ray Machines

“Backscatter” X-ray machines, which bombard your body with radiation at the airport, are a subject of controversy in the US. Not in Europe, Mother Jones reports — the machines are now banned throughout the entire EU over cancer risks. Good.


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